January 14th, 2012


[links] Link salad is home

The Writing Life: The point of the long and winding sentencePico Iyer says writing longer phrases is a way to protest the speed of information bites people are subjected to each day. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Uneasy Neighbors in a Southern Gothic Tale — A strange story of racism and real estate. (Via my Dad.)

Role reversal: Employers say they can't find workers

Americans scaled back on health spending during recession — Hmmm.

Processed meat 'linked to pancreatic cancer'A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden. Oh, my bacon!

Salad-bar strategy: The battle of the buffetWhy buffet tables are a microcosm of greed, altruism & sexual politics. (Snurched from Curiosity Counts.)

Every presentation, ever — Hahahah.

For Priests’ Wives, a Word of Caution — A weird little squib that does nothing to make me feel better about the Catholic church.

How Likely Is a Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Earth?The results of the latest analysis are not entirely reassuring. This is science. Asking questions, exploring uncertain answers. Certainty without full and consistent proof is for ideologues.

Felix Salmon: How Capitalism Kills Companies

Italy’s Financial Turmoil Turns Mafia Into Nation’s Largest Bank

Missouri Republicans Introduce Bill That Forces Educators To Teach Creationism In Schools And Universities — Because willful ignorance isn't spreading fast enough? (Via [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour's pardons put Southern redemption on trialFormer Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended his mass pardon of over 200 current and former convicts, quoting the Christian principle of redemption enshrined in Southern law and tradition.

Israeli Mossad Agents allegedly Impersonated CIA in fostering Baluch Terrorism against Iran

Obama challenges Republicans on goal they embrace — Given that their stated number one priority is to unseat Obama, this isn't hard. The GOP isn't interested in jobs, or the economy, or running the country more effectively.

Everyone’s Got a Right to Their Own Opinions… — Another day, another bald-faced Republican lie that Your Liberal Media won't be challenging.

?otd: Are you in your own space this weekend?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,500 words on short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 220.6
Currently reading: 7th Grade Stories by [info]the_child and her class (last year)


[personal] Home, doing stuff

Flew home yesterday. Got 2,500 words written in the process, along with some napping. Spent some quality time with [info]the_child in the afternoon, then she went off to a school dance and I went to [info]thirdworld's housewarming/birthday party. Thanks to chemo and its discontents, I'm pretty sure that's the first party I've been to since my birthday party last June.

This weekend I want to finish, or at least make serious progress, on the current short story project. I'm aiming for 10-12,000 words. Also, planning to spend a bunch of time helping [info]the_child with math homework and a paper she's doing for her eighth grade project. I did have a dinner date tonight, but my friend has come down with the flu, so we have postponed.

That's about it. Writing, parenting and relaxing this weekend. What's a weekend for, anyway?